The narrator - I coupldn't enjoy the story.
Yes, as long as it's read by someone else.
She didn't sound real. Very much over-acted.
The story was alright but I couldn't finish it because the narrator was so obnoxious.
I'd recommend this book to a friend of either sex. The story enrobes you and carries you inside its pocket. You can't get out, even after you've stopped listening for the day, and then it will stay with you long after the story ends.
I've listened to many audiobbooks narrated by Will Patton - if he's reading, I just know I'll enjoy the book. But this time...he simply nails it, and it sucks you in - it feels like he IS the character he's speaking for. Even the women in the story sound realistic and don't distract. That's a very hard thing to pull off, in my experience with audiobooks.
The story is such a personal one to any of us growing up in the 50's and 60's - Nuclear War's entry into our innocent minds and lives, and the scare that just the possibility of a nuclear bomb's potential put into all of us. It took me right back to that time; worried about who would launch the first bombs and where they would land...the devastation they could cause, the millions of people they could kill - and the impact something like this would have on all of us. Would we even survive it?
Please listen to this - you will not regret it. This one's the total package - beautiful, thoughtful writing, believable characters and story development - and an unforgettable performance by Will Patton. It just doesn't get any better.
The story promises to be a good one: Young woman attempts to find salvation and pick up the pieces of her sad, misspent life by taking a solo hike. A really long hike. Woman is young and immature and wholly unprepared for what lies ahead on the Pacific Crest Trail. Sounds promising, right?
Why then is the narrator chosen to speak for this young woman so...well...old? It's incredibly distracting to hear the narrator's prim, older woman's voice drop the F-bomb and talk about her drug use, her sexual relationships with men, and the bad choices she's made in her short life, when she sounds like my grandma. Reading the physical book would have been so much better - at least I'd have been able to put my own imaginary age-appropriate voice to it.
If you are someone who can enjpy listening to a book without needing an appropriate narrator, go for it. The story is a good one, and it's entertaining. Yes, she was unprepared, and yes, she was immature. Her persisitance and the strength she found while hiking the PCT solo was admirable and even uplifting in parts. I just could not get past how wrong the narrator was for this story, and that spoiled it for me.
I listen to Audible while I work, and this audiobook kept me engaged for the entire length of it. Mark Deakins' narration was so easy to listen to and so powerful, that I was engrossed from start to finish.
Hig, the main character in the book, seems like a lost man and begins to give up after his best buddy - the dog that ties him to the world before it all but came to an end - dies. But he doesn't give up. He puts everything into one last shot at finding someone else alive out there.
Hig - although the dog was pretty cool.
A great listen, wonderful characters and brilliant narration!
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